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Soren Kierkegaard by David Swenson Part 2of 6




Soren Kierkegaard 1813-1855 became engaged to Regine Olsen 1822-1904 in 1840 while attending the University of Copenhagen. He had been there since 1830 and finally graduated in 1841. While attending school he was forced to read the writings of William Shakespeare 1564-1616, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm 1786-1859 and 1785-1863, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 1770-1831, Ludvig Holberg 1684-1754, and the works of Aristotle and Plato. He liked Plato's creation, Socrates, the best and then the comedies and treatises of Holberg. He decided not to marry Regine because he was interested in walking around Copenhagen and talking to anyone he met, reading books, and writing. She wasn't much interested in those activities. One of his early interpreters was Georg Brandes 1842-1927 who also attended the University of Copenhagen and was taught by Kierkegaard's cousin Hans Brochner. The audio from this video comes from a 1920 article in the periodical, Scandinavian Studies and Notes by David F. Swenson. Kierkegaard was called the Christian Socrates.


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